"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."- Roald Dahl
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This week we begin discussing Writing about Reading through jotting. We'll read a short story by Gary Soto called "Seventh Grade" to help them understand how jotting (recording details and ideas about the text) helps them understand and analyze it. Students will also be having a quick write formative (ungraded) argument essay. The students will be allowed to gather evidence prior to the prompt, and I evaluate their arguments simply to access what they already know and where to begin the lessons on argument writing.
Due on Tuesday, August 23 is the "I Am" introducing myself poem. It can be typed or neatly written in ink or pen. They can submit typed versions via Google Classroom. Due on Wednesday, August 24 is their log in to Google Classroom and evaluation of the vocabulary games and reading and writing sources, contests, and games. Due on Friday, August 26 is the "MyStory" project which allows them to creatively explain who they are outside of a poetic prose. This project will be presented to them Wednesday.
The students have at least thirty minutes a day to work in a time called stamina, so they should be able to start and mostly finish these assignments in class. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Mrs. Becky Leffler GMSS seventh grade language arts email: email@example.com homework portal: lefflerr.weebly.com